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					                                                                                                                                    issue N° 3 / December 2004


                                                      EMAS - Newsletter
                                                                                                                            The European
                                                                                                                        Eco-Management
                                                                                                                       and Audit Scheme
                                                                                                                                 Improving your environmental
                                                                                                                                     and business performance
                                                                                                                       http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/environment/emas




                                                      Report
Editorial                                                 Leaving a legacy:
The Sports Eve nts’ Iss u e
                                                          The Torino 2006
In this issue of the EMAS Newsletter, we look
i n to the sport events management secto r.
These types of events usually have larg e
                                                          Winter Olympic Games
env i ronmental impacts, which need to be
tackled in a systematic way. This is why the          Since the Olympic adventure has begun in Tu r i n ,                The first stage ended in September 2004 after the
O rganising Co m m i ttee of the 2006 Winter          TOROC’s env i ro n m e ntal co n cern was off i c i a lly made     va l i d ation of the first EMAS Env i ro n m e nt a l
Olympic Games in Turin (TOROC) decided to             c l ear through the Green Card, a declaration pres e nt i n g      St ate m e nt. The programme was mainly marked out
register for EMAS.                                    h ow env i ro n m e ntal iss u es will be handled by the           by st rategic obj e c t i ves and targ ets concerning
                                                      Bidding Co m m i tte e.                                            a c t i v i t i es such as ve n u es design and construction,
TOROC has taken on a step-by-step approach by                                                                            m a r keting, co m m u n i c ation. The main benefits
first implementing EMAS in the Organising             In order to organise and rationalize a number of                   TO ROC has ex p e r i e n ced so far are:
Co m m i ttee in the planning phase, befo re          e nv i ro n m e ntal policies and proj e c t s, TO RO C
moving to registration of all sites in 2005 and       i m p l e m e nted EMAS and st rongly believed that                • e nv i ro n m e ntal iss u es were integrated in TO RO C
2006. TO R O C ’s ex p e r i e n ce in implementing   E M ASwould provided further st rengthening through                  a c t i v i t i es (for inst a n ce green pro curement and
EMAS has now been turned into the EMAS                independent validation of data published in the                      s u stainable marketing);
Sports Event Guide. Among the mountain                Environmental St ate m e nt, a key fa c tor tool for               • departments we re invo l ved in env i ronmental
resorts hosting the events, the example of            co m m u n i c ation and st a keholders’ involve m e nt.             management(otherwise diff i cult to be achieve d ) ;
Cesana Torinese is portrayed.                                                                                            • objectives and targ ets were accomplishment (fo r
Since 1995, the German Nürburgring Ltd has set        The implementation ex p e r i e n ce                                 example building sites auditing and re n ewable
the pace for motor sport events applying EMAS,                                                                             sources power supply).
and still the Formula 1 venue can boast of being      The EMAS implementation has proved to be a
the only race course to take environmental            c h a llenging task. Bes i d es being a “one shot ”                The second stage (from October 2004 to Ma rch
concerns that far.                                    org a n i sation, TOROC wo r ks by strict and precise              2006) mainly concerns EMAS extension to the
                                                      deadl i n es and carries out co m p l ex and constantly                                           d
                                                                                                                         ve n u es. The main ex p e c te outcome of this stage is
In the future we expect environmental issues to
                                                      changing activities .                                              E M ASsupport in achieving the objectives concerning
become more and more important for major
                                                      In order to go over the challenge, TOROC chose a                   the venue management operations (for example,
sports event, and we believe EMAS is a strong
                                                      2-staged process, adapting EMAS to the ongoing                     natural gas powered vehicles, waste management
and reliable tool for this intent. The Commission
                                                      deve l o p m e nt of its activities:                               and eco-f r i e n dly materials for te m p o rary wo r ks).
will therefore seek to continue promoting EMAS
                                                                                                                         TO ROC ultimate obj e c t i ve is to deliver the EMAS to
towards future major events.
                                                      1. organization                                                    the org a n i z ation that will manage
The EMAS Team, Env i ronment Dire c to rate              (planning and approach to the Games ) ;                         the ve n u es after the Games, so that
General, Unit G2, European Commission.                2. staging                                                         it could re p res e nt a concrete legacy
                                                         (managing and breaking out of the Games ) .                     to the te r r i tory.




European Commission
                                                                                                                             Performance, Credibility, Transparency
                                                             The castle overlooking the race course.
                                                             EMAS led to the introduction of a 24 hours
                                                             noise monito r i n g, which neighbours
                                                             benefit from.




                                                                       Best practice
           Lessons learned from 8 years of EMAS
           at the Nürburgring race course
As early as 1995 the race track at the Nürburgring         met is the reduction of waste per visitor (for        separation. The company found itself better
received its environmental review, making it the           “Rock am Ring” down by 40%, for 24-Hour               prepared for new legal requirements through
first and only race course with an EMAS system             racing down by 70% compared to 1998),                 EMAS, which helped smooth the way for the
world wide since 1996. In Germany, operat i n g            replacement of the heating system by                  implementation of new environmental
company Nürburgring Ltd acts as a frontrunner for          natural gas and 24 hour noise monitoring.             requirements.
the env i ro n m e nt in motor racing, initiating
environmental targets at other motor sport venues.         I n t e rested parties and critics re s p o n d       Cost cuts have been made through a
                                                           positively to EMAS commitment. CEO Dr.                working group regularly checking and
“Previous experience inside the company                    Walter Kafitz would welcome a better public           analysing the consumption of resources,
has demonstrated the employees’ high                       knowledge and awareness about EMAS as                 which has revealed leakages within the
commitment for the environment and as a                    compared to the ISO standards. He also                drinking water supply. Quantification of
consequence of this, the high empathy with                 points out that regulatory relief in permits or       resources (electricity, water) and volume and
the EMAS system,” says Michael Köbele,                     re q u i rements, expected to come along              quality of waste separation turned out to be
environmental manager of Nürburgring Ltd.                  EMAS registration, were not generally                 v e ry useful instruments for fostering
                                                           forthcoming.                                          e n v i ronmental awareness and changing
The Nürburgring, situated about 60 km                                                                            behaviours among suppliers in catering and
southwest of Cologne, receives about                       Nevertheless, Nürburgring Ltd has identified          event management.
2 Million visitors annually for Formula 1,                 clear advantages derived from EMAS
truck and sports car racing, as well as “Rock              registration including reduced risk of                For more information contact Michael
am Ring”, one of Europe’s largest concert                  entrepreneurial liability and reduced costs for       Köbele (Michael.Koebele@nuerburgring.de)
events. Among the environmental targets                    waste disposal due to improved waste                  and visit www.nuerburgring.de.


Report
           Cesana Torinese: EMAS application in an
           ecological sensitive mountain area
           involved in XX Olympic Winter Games
Although EMAS at Cesana Torinese came as a spin-off from the EMAS                       c o rrect environmental behaviour in this sensitive mountain area. The
implementation in TOROC, the awareness about the importance of                          main communication tool has been the Environmental Statement which
sustainability, environmental safeguard and pollution prevention was                    outlines results and targets of Cesana Torinese.
b o rn long before the Games: the municipality was the first Italian local
authority in a mountain area to reach ISO 14001 certification in January                How EMAS has influenced Olympic facilities planning and their
2001.                                                                                   sustainability

Tourism versus ecologists: how EMAS facilitates quantification of                       Even though Cesana Torinese municipality had no competences on
impacts and communication to stakeholders                                               Olympic facilities’ planning, it worked with the authorities in order to
                                                                                        obtain the respect of the high level of naturalness and sustainable end
Cesana Torinese had the political will to promote sustainable tourism,                  user utility of new facilities after the Olympics (e.g. bobsleigh, press
based on an increased knowledge on the safeguard of its terr i t o ry(50%               centre). Many re q u i rements have been introduced in order to reduce
is protected nature area). An exhaustive environmental review has                       impacts of construction and running, and a set of actions and projects in
enabled complete knowledge of each component of its terr i t o ry and                   order to compensate and minimize unavoidable consequences of the
also of the significant environmental impacts arising from human                        Games.
activities on it.
                                                                                        Written by Roberto Serra, Major of Cesana Torinese, and Serena Botta,
This stage has been followed by a wide-spread communication activity:                   EMS Responsible. For more info on EMAS in the municipality of Cesana
within EMAS, the management of the municipality has carried out and                     Torinese       and     TOROC          contact      Paolo     Revellino
planned many initiatives aimed towards making inhabitants (900) and                     (paolo.revellino@torino2006.it) or read the Environmental Statement at
tourists (18,000 on winter week ends) aware about the relevance of                      http://ftp.torino2006.it/uploads/pdf/dichiarazione_amb_en.pdf



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                                                                                           The Olympic ski-jump site at Pragelato.




            Interview
                    EMAS: A milestone
                    in the sustainability policies
                    of TOROC
                    The environmental commitment of the Organising Committee            How do stakeholders see the EMAS implementation?
                    for the XX Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006 (TOROC) has
                    taken shape through the implementation of EMAS, which has           “ T h ey are showing a great inte rest in our initiat i ve. Fo r
Paolo Rota, TOROC   resulted in registration of TOROC in September 2004. The            i n st a n ce, other Organising or Bidding Co m m i tte es for the
Chief Executive
                    challenge undertaken has already brought relevant benefits by       Olympic Games are exploring the possibility of joining the
Officer, enters a
co-operation with   i n t roducing environmental issues in planning and construction    EMAS sy stem. Journalists and media in general are raising their
DG Environment      processes, but the final objective is to deliver EMAS as a legacy   awa re n ess on this to p i c. Even the env i ronmental NGOs, which
of the European     to the territory involved in the Games.                             we periodically meet in our Advisory Assembly, are rea lly
Commission to                                                                           a p p re c i ating our effo r t s ” .
promote EMAS as
                    Three questions to Paolo Rota, TOROC Chief Executive Officer
a tool to
communicate                                                                             How to market EMAS befo re and during the Games?
responsible         W hy did TO ROC opt for EMAS ?
environmental                                                                           “We are planning a communication pro g ramme to g ether with
management.         “There are two main reasons. First of all we have identified in     the DG Env i ro n m e nt of the Euro p ean Co m m i ssion. In this
                    EMAS the ideal tool for handling and improving our                  p e r s p e c t i ve, the guidelines for EMAS implement ation in sport
                    environmental aspects and managing the different actions and        eve nts realised by us can play a ce nt ral ro l e. In the mea nw h i l e,
                    initiatives realised for the sustainability of the XX Olympic       we are fre q u e ntly inv i ted to showcase our ex p e r i e n ce in
                    Winter Games. More over, EMAS is an inst r u m e nt of              n ational and international co nfe re n ces. I wa nt also to highlight
                    communication which allows to disclose verified information to      the initiat i ve of some municipalit ies hosting the Olympic
                    the public by the environmental statement. In a major sport         competitions of 2006, which will be EMAS re g i ste red by the
                    eve nt, co m m u n i c ation and good re l ationships with the      end of 2005. We are co nf i d e nt that Torino 2006 will co nt r i b u te
                    stakeholders are extremely important”.                              to a wider diffusion of EMAS”.




                                                                                                                                                The Olympic Village at
                                                                                                                                                Sestriere serves as an
                                                                                                                                                example for taking
                                                                                                                                                the env i ro n m e nt of
                                                                                                                                                the construction site
                                                                                                                                                into account.




                                                                                                                                 For the Olympic Games
                                                                                                                                 EMAS is intended to cover
                                                                                                                                 29 sports’ sites including the
                                                                                                                                 4 training sites and the
                                                                                                                                 Olympic Villages

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                                                                EMAS website
                                                                http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/environment/emas


                                                            News                                                                                   Upcoming events
EMAS in figures                                                                                                                                    1 > 2 June, 2005
                                                                                                                                                   V i llach, Austria
The number of sites, 4,095, of                              EMAS on the agenda for the Madrid 2012 bid to host the                                 EMAS Co nfe re n ce
December 1st has topped the all                             Summer Olympic Games
                                                                                                                                                   Conference on EMAS in the new Member States
time high record of 3,912.                                  Environmental director Antonio Lucio, says Madrid’s env i ronmental                    with a special focus on municipalities and their
The number of employees                                     plan covers twelve areas re l ating to energy, town planning, the                      key players’ involvement.
working in EMAS organisations is
                                                            quality of air and wate r, tra n s p a re n c y, inf ra st r u c t u re, the
now exceeding the figure of
around 900,000, recorded in April.                          co n s u m ption of resources, tourism or culture, and the tools
The statistics are now collected for                        required to carry out the plan, which fores e es, among ot h e r s, the                12 May, 2005
both registered organisations and                           Green Building Challenge and EMAS.                                                     London, UK
registered sites.                                                                                                                                  E nv i ro n m e ntal Le g i s l ation and
                                                                                                                                                   re g u l ations rev i ew
Re g i ste re d
                                                                                                                                                   For the full curriculum of the seminar read the
              o rg a n i sat i o n s and s i tes                                                                                                   following website
Austria ....................252...........334               ECOMASS Project applies principles of eco-tourism to                                   http://www.cronertraining.co.uk/auto/events/
Belgium....................31...........161                 m a ss sport eve nt s                                                                  22495.html
Cyprus.........................0 ...............0
Czech Republic..........15.............17                   The LIFE ECOM ASS project will promote eco-tourism principles in
Denmark.................121...........251                   transportation. In particular the issues related to transporting the
Estonia........................0 ...............0           at h l etes, organisers and spectators will be ass essed, and                          8 April, 2005
Finland......................40.............48              recommendations for public transport use will be developed.                            Fra n k f u r t / Main, Germany
                                                                                                                                                   Refresher Course Environmental
France .......................20.............20             Along with the transport problems green energy and efficient                           Ma n a g e m e nt Sy stems and their auditing
Germany..............1, 6 7 7........2,108                  energy solutions will be proposed to reduce and/or avoid CO2
Greece ........................6 ...............6           emissions. Avoidance of waste and wa ste management opt i o n s                        Update for all auditors seeking refreshment of
Hungary......................0 ...............0             w i ll be developed.                                                                   their audit abilities as required by ISO 19011.
Ireland ........................8 ...............8
Italy ........................244...........315
Latvia..........................0 ...............0          The objective of the project is to develop a model and best
Lithuania.....................0 ...............0            practice method for managing and improving env i ronmental                             28 February > 4 March, 2005
                                                                                                                                                   Vienna, Austria
Malta ..........................1 ...............1          performance of mass eve nt s, based on the EMAS Scheme. The
                                                                                                                                                   Training internal env i ro n m e ntal auditor
Luxembourg................1 ...............1                manual that will be developed will co n s i st of the EMS framework,
                                                                                                                                                   For more information read the curriculum on the
Netherlands..............25.............29                                                               a
                                                            Eco- E fficiency Criteria and CO2 emission M n a g e m e nt Module.                    we b s i te http://www.kec.at/index.html?=sem_
Norway .....................30.............30                                                                                                      termine_engl.html
Poland ........................0 ...............0           For     more     info r m ation    co ntact  Salla    Ku i vo salo
Portugal....................22.............25               (salla.koivusalo@dipoli.hut. f i) at the Helsinki University of
Slovak Republic ..........1 ...............1                Technology.
Slovenia......................1 ...............1                                                                                                   10 > 11 January ,2005
Spain ......................412...........540                                                                                                      Bologna, Italy
                                                                                                                                                   Joint SETAC Euro p e, ISIE meet i n g
Sweden...................118...........133
United Kingdom .......66.............67                                                                                                            “ I n te g rated       Product   Policy   and    LCA
TOTAL                    3, 0 9 1            4,095                                                                                                 i m p l e m e n t ation in value chains: experience s,
                                                            EMAS Sports Eve nt Guideline published                                                 tools and databases with special focus on SMEs”.
Leading industrial secto r s:                               The European Commission is about to publish a guideline for EMAS
  Sectors                           Re g i st rat i o n s   application on major sports eve nts, which focuses on the ste p- by-
• Chemicals ..............................267               step implement ation of EMAS including management of                                   January, 2005
• Food and beverages..............261                       resources, planning and public tra n s p o r t. The guideline prov i d es              B rat i s l ava, Slovak Republic
• Fabricated metal products,                                practical examples and will be available from the EMAS Helpdesk                        EMAS Co nfe re n ce
  except machinery                                          website.
  and equipment .....................220
• Sewage and refuse                                         For more info r m ation, co ntact emas@cec.eu.int.                                     13 December, 2004
  disposal .................................192                                                                                                    London, UK
• Automotive ...........................141                                                                                                        N ational EMS Forum 2004

                                                                                                                                                   The aim will be to review progress taken on
Leading service secto r s:                                                                                                                         enhancing Environmental Management Systems
  Sectors                           Re g i st rat i o n s                                                                                          and will focus upon the positive aspects and
• Hotels and restaurants ..........195                                                                                                             benefits.
                                                                                                                                                   To register your interest, please send an e-mail to
• Public authorities ..................140                                                                                                         events@iema.net. Exhibition opportunities are
• Transport .................................99                                                                                                    also available.
• Health and social work ...........88
• Education.................................78
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